November 16th, 2009
03:48 PM ET

Girl's body found in North Carolina, police say

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/16/north.carolina.missing.girl/story.shaniya.davis.cnn.jpg caption="Shaniya Davis, 5, was reported missing last week. Authorities said they found her body Monday. " width=300 height=169]
Gabriel Falcon

The body of a missing 5-year-old girl has been found in North Carolina, police said Monday.

Theresa Chance, public information officer of the Fayetteville Police Department, confirmed the girl's body was discovered.

A statement from Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said positive identification was being sought for the recovered body. In a separate e-mail to CNN, Fayetteville police said the body found was that of the missing girl, Shaniya Davis.

About 200 people had been searching for the child's body after "reliable information" indicated that she might be dead, according to Fayetteville police.

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